Concrete Products

FEB 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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Page 80 of 95 February 2017 • 79 INNOVATIONS REPORT CAT K/M-SERIES COMFORT, POWER An updated, deluxe cab design offers a new standard binder/clip- board storage area for securing papers and manuals, while an extra 1.2 ft. 3 of lockable storage can be optionally mounted to the bottom side of the cab for securing tools, grease guns, gloves and other items. Climate controlled with heated rear glass and external mirrors for rap- id defrost, the quiet cab design boasts seat-mounted controls featur- ing a low effort joystick for lift and tilt functions. The M Series small loaders feature Cat C7.1 ACERT engines with clean emissions module requiring no operator intervention—avoid- ing work cycle disruptions. The operator has the option of select- ing standard mode operation that reduces maximum engine speed to 1,600 rpm without compromising peak ground performance, result- ing in a 5–10 percent fuel savings. Full performance mode operation boosts engine speed to 1,800 rpm for maximum power plus increased hydraulic speed and power. — Caterpillar Inc., Catinfo MANUFACTURERS STRESS TIER 4 ENGINE FUEL QUALITY The Association of Equipment Manufacturers' new "Get CLEAN on Fuel" infographic outlines five key actions to help protect Tier 4 engines which, according to Technical and Safety Services Manager William Ber- nhard, "reduce emissions and protect our health and the environment, [but] are rather finicky about fuel." Today's Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel is very different from the diesel of a few years ago, he adds, noting how "it is subject to change and contamination as it moves from the refinery to the engine, making storage, temperature, age and filtration, and relat- ed factors critical in maintaining fuel quality." Posted at, the infographic relays five quick tips using the CLEAN acronym. AEM member company representatives developed the guidelines as a way to spread more awareness of the importance of diesel fuel quality.

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